Atlanta to add more city security cameras

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 7:43 AM
Last updated 6:41 PM
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ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council has voted to spend $2.25 million to increase surveillance throughout the city.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the vote Monday will fund more than 100 additional cameras, mostly in and around downtown. The cameras are meant to address crime that could hurt tourism and business in Atlanta.

The city has had video surveillance in its current form since last September. Atlanta’s Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui says providing real time information is part of the city’s crime reduction strategy.

Once these 112 new cameras are up and running, there will be a total of 762 cameras monitored constantly out of the Loudermilk Video Integration Center. Atlanta’s video integration is funded by grants and supported by the Atlanta Police Foundation.

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seenitB4 10/16/12 - 08:31 am
We need them

The best way to catch a crime is to record it.....we have senseless dumb bunnies walking around looking for we can see photo & put them on tv......a nice reward will take many off the streets..

seenitB4 10/16/12 - 08:32 am
South Augusta

South Augusta could use a few too....bring it on.

OpenCurtain 10/16/12 - 11:03 am
Too much uncontrolled monitoring

I am all for legally controlled security camera monitoring that is
NOT MADE PUBLIC, except when criminal activity is recorded.

Anyone goggling "Live Street Cameras" will quickly see how
little privacy they have walking the streets.

The possible misuses are abundant and once it gets on the INTERNET it cannot be erased.

If better controls are in place to control misuse such as mandatory civil and criminal penalties in place to protect citizen, I am all for it. If it is only to be used for Criminal monitoring I am all for it.

But most video feeds and recordings are PUBLIC INFO and can be requested under current Public Info laws.

seenitB4 10/16/12 - 11:13 am
We are watched by home videos all the time..

i agree it shouldn't go public UNLESS crime is involved.....but you would be surprised howmany breakins are solved with videos......some in Atlanta have had multiple breakins & never solved til the video was installed.....doors kicked in....items taken over & over......sometimes I wish we had cameras that could shoot a laser beam whenever we wanted....knock them on the ground & make them helpless til the police arrived......with constant shocking to body parts .....oooh could I come up with some punishment...they wouldn't want to try it again ...too bad I can't do that...☺

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